The New York Islanders have taken a full term lease of Barclays Center making it their home for the foreseeable future.
But fans are not happy for 2 reasons, one of them major.
While the Center has been purpose built as a Basketball stadium, home of the Nets, it doesn’t work so well as a hockey rink.
At a practice match between the Islanders and the New jersey Devils, the first ever NHL game in Brooklyn, fans rapidly discovered that all the seats at the west end couldn’t see the goal at that end because the sightlines were so bad.
The Center’s CEO, Brett Yormark, is muttering about doing some seat improvements before the Islanders move in in 2015 but in the meantime if you buy a ticket that has ‘Limited View’ on it, believe that you will indeed have a limited view and even if that ticket is cheaper it may not be a bargain.
And also Barclays has limited opportunities if any at all for tailgating which for many is so much part of the game.
Hockey fans are wondering if they are not as highly valued as basketball fans? How about making those changes to the seating a done deal Mr Yormark, to prove you value ALL fans. LIKE sport being very fair to everyone.